The Supreme Court has declared the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) null and void in a short order.
In a landmark decision, the apex court unanimously decided that the ordinance was unconstitutional.
All old cases that had been dismissed under the NRO stand revived and can now be reopened as per the court orders.
The court said that all orders that were passed and all acquittals under the NRO were illegal and never existed.
The apex court in its order also said that all convictions that were held prior to the enactment of the NRO stand revived as well.
Letters made to Swiss courts requesting the withdrawal of cases were also declared unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court asked the government to take action against the former attorney general for making these requests.
Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar called the verdict ‘shocking’ but said that the government will respect the courts decision.
Babar, however, pointed out that the president and the provincial governors enjoyed immunity from legal proceedings under the constitution.